Blackfish explores the extraordinary nature of Orcas and their decades-long history in captivity. This revealing film also explores the chilling 2010 incident in which an experienced Sea World trainer was killed by the 12,000-pound Tilikum, a whale previously also associated with the deaths of two other people.
CNN Films will encore this thought-provoking documentary film on Friday, May 27 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on CNN/U.S.
###CNN Films to encore BLACKFISH documentary on Friday, May 27 at 9pm Eastern
Meet Mitra Kalita. She’ll be making a big move from the left coast to the right to head up programming for CNN Digital in the coming weeks. Mitra joins CNN from the Los Angeles Times, where she is serving as the publication’s managing editor. Before that, she was the executive editor of Quartz. She’s also worked for the Wall Street Journal, Mint and the Washington Post.
In her new role as VP of Programming, Mitra will lead CNN Digital’s efforts to creatively share its journalism and storytelling across an ever-exploding array of platforms. She will oversee the News & Alerting, Special Projects, and Mobile & Off-Platform teams. Mitra will be based in the Big Apple and report to Editor-in-Chief Meredith Artley.
Since no one really likes press releases, we decided to mix things up with a Q&A. Read on and join us in welcoming Mitra to CNN: @MitraKalita.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Chips. Uber. Bright tights. The Office. The TV show, not the place.
VP of Programming sounds like a TV title. What does that mean for Digital?
The success of our journalism rests on two important factors: how good is the story and how good is the distribution. How adaptive are we to different devices and different platforms? How accessible, relatable, intimate, authoritative? Technically, I will oversee the homepage, alerts, projects and planning, mobile news and off-platform partnerships and initiatives. But really, I see this job as one that collaborates across departments, time zones and mediums to maximize the reach of our journalism.
If you weren’t a journalist, what would you be doing?
I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.
TWO-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMP AND 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' MIRRORBALL WINNER HINES WARD JOINS HLN’S 'MORNING EXPRESS WITH ROBIN MEADE' AS SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR
Ward to Also Provide Sports Commentary and Analysis Across all CNN Platforms
Hines Ward, two-time Super Bowl champion and Dancing with the Stars Mirrorball trophy winner, joins HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade as sports contributor. Based at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta, Ward will also provide analysis and commentary on major sporting events and breaking news across all CNN platforms, including CNN/U.S., CNN Digital, CNNMoney and CNN International.
Beginning July 1, the Super Bowl XL MVP, joins the popular HLN morning crew of host Robin Meade, meteorologist Bob Van Dillen and consumer business correspondent Jennifer Westhoven. Morning Express with Robin Meade is a ratings juggernaut for the network. The wildly successful morning show is up double-digits year-to-date in both total viewers and persons 25-54.
“I’m incredibly grateful to HLN and CNN for welcoming me to their prestigious team,” said Ward. “Throughout my career, I’ve always envisioned myself as more than just a football player and this platform will allow me to express myself in different and unique ways. I’m excited to be able to share my journey and my stories with our audiences, both in the US and worldwide.”
“Hines is a true champion with such a winning personality,” said Bill Galvin, SVP, Sports Programming, CNN. “His perspective on sports extends well beyond the football field – a fresh voice we’re excited to share with HLN and CNN audiences.”
Upon his retirement in 2012 from the NFL, where here he played for 14 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ward trained and completed the 2013 Ironman World Championships held annually in Hawaii. He began his television career as an analyst for NBC’s Sunday primetime NFL show, Football Night in America.
He founded and operates Helping Hands Foundations both in the U.S. and Korea, and is an active participant with numerous other charities including The Caring Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Pearl S. Buck International. Ward also started an after-school education program for kids in his home state of Georgia, where he attended Forest Park High School and went on to be a top scholar-athlete at the University of Georgia, earning All-SEC honors his senior year and finishing his college career as Georgia's second all-time receiver with 144 receptions. He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife and son.
Ward is represented by CSE Talent, which offers management and career assistance to its elite roster of over 200 clients including pro and collegiate coaches, baseball players, golfers, management, and news and sport media talent.
Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies Trailer:
The Hunt with John Walsh S3 Trailer:
Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies, a new eight-part CNN Original Series, debuts on Sunday, June 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by former U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, also the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, each episode features a newly declassified mission told first-hand by the agents who lived it, providing viewers with unprecedented access to the riveting and secret world of espionage.
Declassified covers missions set in fascinating locations and time periods from Cold War era Moscow to modern day Iran, from the streets of 1980s Cuba to today’s bustling Beijing. All 16 intelligence agencies from the CIA to the FBI are represented, revealing the unbelievable true stories of America’s covert operations in the United States and around the world. The hour-long series is produced by All3Media America with Gregory J Lipstone, Domini Hofmann, Aaron Saidman, Stephen Lambert and Mike Rogers serving as executive producers.
The season three premiere of The Hunt with John Walsh will precede Declassified at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Host Walsh, a passionate victims’ rights activist and spokesperson for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, continues to expose the criminal investigation stories of fugitives at large. Through interviews with victims, loved ones and law enforcement, the hour-long series provides the public with salient information to facilitate the capture of the profiled criminals.
After two seasons, 10 cases have been resolved following the show’s exposure. The Hunt with John Walsh is produced by the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. (Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown).
About CNN Original Series
The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Lizzie Fox, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.
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CNN’s Anthony Bourdain will have dinner with President Obama this evening while in Hanoi, Vietnam. Their conversation will be featured in an upcoming episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, returning for its eighth season in September. Bourdain will explore the purpose of the President's trip and his interest in the people, food and culture of Vietnam.
Thursday 16 June at 0930 BST / 1030 CET
Friday 17 June at 0430 BST / 0530 CET
Saturday 18 June at 0530 BST / 0630 CET and 1630 BST / 1730 CET
Saturday 25 June at 1230 BST / 1330 CET
Sunday 26 June at 0530 BST / 0630 CET
Monday 27 June at 0400 BST / 0500 CET
CNN International's acclaimed cook-centric programme, ‘Culinary Journeys’ continues in June. The only chef in Scandinavia to be awarded three Michelin stars, Esben Holmboe Bang, takes CNN’s cameras on a voyage of discovery through the landscape and cuisine of Norway.
Scandinavia has become known the world over for leading a fine dining revolution, and Holmboe Bang is part of the culinary vanguard. Though born in Denmark, the chef has adopted Norway as his home, where he seeks to uncover and share flavours buried in the country’s forests and fjords.
Holmboe Bang’s restaurant in Oslo, Maaemo – meaning “Mother Earth” in old Norse – is a tribute to local organic produce where each plate is crafted to reflect the seasons.
As part of his culinary journey, Holmboe Bang travels from his kitchen in Oslo to Nordskot, a small fishing village 300 kilometres inside the Arctic Circle to explore Norway’s biggest treasure: the sea.
Under the midnight sun, he forages along the rugged coastline and dives for clams and urchins with fisherman Roderick Sloan, a key supplier to some of the world’s best restaurants. Holmboe Bang also learns more about the traditional preservation techniques which are essential to locals who endure the harsh winter months.
This journey culminates in a traditional meal with friends and family back in Oslo: a celebration of nature and the best of Norway’s culinary culture and hospitality.
Announced today at Google I/O, CNN virtual reality content will be featured on Daydream, Google’s new platform for high performance mobile VR debuting later this year.
Affirming CNN’s leadership in virtual reality journalism, CNN was selected as one of the first creators to make Daydream experiences. This creative vehicle enhances CNN’s ability to not only bring users the news, but bring them inside the news, immersing them in compelling stories wherever they are unfolding.
CNN will leverage its global reporting footprint to deliver VR experiences the moment news breaks, using Daydream as a portal to powerful moments across the planet. With Daydream, viewers will be able to surround themselves in all forms of CNN content, from 360 videos, fixed-frame videos, and social feeds.
For more information on Google Daydream visit google.com/daydream